Roy Hodgson has named the uncapped Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez in his England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany.
Both players have been integral to the south-coast club's rise to sixth in the Premier League table, with Rodriguez bagging four goals this term and Lallana in fine form.
"Danny Welbeck has been injured - I see in Rodriguez someone who could fill that Welbeck role," said Hodgson.
"He's a wide forward who likes to go forward and attack people even without the ball and get in the penalty box."
Rodriguez, 24, had applied for a plumbing course as a teenager before making the grade at Burnley where his 41 goals for the Lancashire club secured him a £7 million move to Southampton.
Speaking of Lallana, Hodgson added: "Adam was with us once a long time ago. We saw him in training, we have been following him closely and he played a major part in [Southampton's] rise to the top. It was quite obvious we would pick him."
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson, 23, received a surprise recall to the national team and Joe Hart is included in the 28-man squad.
England face Chile on 15 November and the old enemy Germany four days later. Both have qualified for Brazil 2014.
As predicted, Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is included in the squad and will be expected to challenge Joe Hart for the number one shirt while John Ruddy is included as England's third goalkeeper.
Hodgson has stuck by Hart despite a series of errors that have resulted in him losing his place in the Manchester City starting eleven.
"I don't think he'll start both (games) because it is important for me to look at one of the other two, possibly both," said the England manager.
"But I can say Joe will definitely start one because he is our number one goalkeeper. I would guess more likely Germany than Chile, but I wouldn't like to be held to that."
Arsenal's midfield maestro Jack Wilshere receives a call-up despite worries over his ankle injury while teammate Kieran Gibbs is also recalled to the squad. Andros Townsend keeps his place after starring against Poland and Montenegro while Ross Barkley is expected to receive a run-out in the double-header.
Hodgson has pledged to rotate his first XI for both games to afford the younger members of the squad a chance to impress before his final 23-man World Cup squad is announced by 2 June next year.
There were rumours that Luke Shaw, Ravel Morrison, Wilfried Zaha or James Ward-Prowse would collect call-ups to the senior squad but all have been included in Gareth Southgate's Under-21 squad to face Finland and San Marino.
Germany qualified for next year's World Cup unbeaten in Group C while Chile qualified on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Ecuador.
England Squad to face Chile and Germany
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy.
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.
Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.